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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Richt postgame

Mark Richt started off by heaping praise – I mean HEAPING – on Marcus Lattimore. The South Carolina freshman tailback will go down as one of the greats, according to the Georgia coach.

“I think history will prove he’s one of the best,” Richt said. “He’ll be one of the best in our league for years to come, and probably play on Sundays too.”

Lattimore rushed for 182 yards on 37 carries, and had two touchdowns.

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what the story of the game was: No. 21 for them, Marcus Lattimore, was certainly the most dominating player in the game,” Richt said. “Coach Spurrier did a nice job of planning for that young man to carry the ball, and just keep feeding him.”

But the lingering sight of the day won’t be Lattimore gaining yards, it will be Bulldog defenders not being able to bring him down.

“We didn’t miss a lot of tackles. He was getting the yards after contact,” Richt said. “We weren’t really knocking him back. And not to say he didn’t break some tackles because he did. But for the most part what was happening was the yards after contact. Even if you get a guy down, he may go down but he still gets the three yards after contact.”

As for the other side of the ball, Richt felt quarterback Aaron Murray had a good day. Enough that he agreed it was time to open up the offense.

“We need to,” Richt said. “Even in the second half we were inclined to just call whatever the heck we thought we needed to call. I think early on you’re trying to, let’s make sure we can run the ball, be his best friend, all that kind of stuff. And call things that maybe don’t’ take an awful lot of thinking as far as progressions and that kind of thing. And try to get him off on a good note. But he’s handled everything very well and I think he’s prepared to just run the system as we have it.”

Richt also said Washaun Ealey’s fumble was “big.” And almost as important was that the Gamecocks returned it outside the 15.
On Ealey’s fumble.

“Instead of if they had recovered it on maybe the 1 or 2, we might could’ve kept them back in there and maybe just got the ball right back and gone ahead and score,” Richt said. “Yeah it was huge. Huge for momentum.”

So what now? Georgia is off to an 0-1 start in the SEC, with a ranked Arkansas coming in next week.

”Obviously we’re not in the lead. We’re in last place in the East right now,” Richt said. “But it’s one game. We are gonna play a very good Arkansas team. An SEC team. We have a chance to even our record and a chance to play a top 25 team, which can help, if you get a victory like that, it can get you back in the race. But there’s just so much ball to be played this season. I would think a one or two-loss team could certainly win the East this year. It’s early, but it seems like it’s shaping up to be that kind of year.”


Anonymous said...

hey, coach--before we anoint lattimore the next coming of herschel, let's give it a couple of weeks: your teams have a well-established tradition by now of making bad players look average, average ones look good, and good ones look like all americans.

Awards said...

Why is it that after we lose Richt decides it's time to open up the offense?

I would assume when you're down 8 points in the 4th quarter of an important game, it's time to open up the offense.

Anonymous said...

These post game comments really show where we are going as a program. "We didnt miss many tackle," really coach! You must be talking about last weeek vs ULL. Richt just can not be honest with himself about our problems, and until he can we will never be an elite program.
I have also been a Bobo supporter but it is beginning to seem like he has the same problem. He is happy to get in the redzone 3 times while teams like Oklahoma, Fla, and Alabama run up and down the field.They just dont have the fire.

Anonymous said...

really this is the time for a new head coach

AthensHomerDawg said...

"New Coach" should have worn a hat at the game. The heat from the sun can make you say stupid things. It was pretty well understood that if we spit the first two games between Hogs and Cocks we would be well within expectations. No one expected AJ was gonna go into the apparel business or that Easely was a bumper car fan. Enough.... its a long season. If you want a new coach ...well suggest one at the same time. Maybe Kiffen will be available. Geezzzz what a douche!

Dooms Day Dawg said...

AthensHomerDawg...Not sure what your problem is. Someone voiced his/her concern and want CMR gone. Obviously you do not. I would guess the split would be 50/50. Dating back to 09, our Dawgs have only beaten Vandy and SC (last season) from the East. That does not smell like quality coaching to me. Who knows, mabye we have seen the best CMR has to offer. Are you happy with an SEC championship every 5+ years and no more?

Anonymous said...

the problem is the trend. UGA teams seem unprepared and out matched (player wise and coaching wise) over the past few years. I find it hard to believe that SC has that much better talent than UGA - if so that says all that need to be said.

Sam, Dawg Fan said...

The part about not missing tackles seems odd. I bet he will change his tone when he reviews the video.cre

Anonymous said...

I thought we were supposed to have one of the best offensive lines in the country...for the second straight year? 2.3 yards/carry is the lines fault, not the running back!